September 15, 2003 at 11:06 am #21409AdmissionsConsultantsParticipant
Wharton Graduates First MBA for Executives West Coast Class
Wharton West Program Offers World-Class Business Education
August 2003 — The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania announced the upcoming graduation of its first West Coast class of MBA for Executives students. Graduation of the 59 students will be held Aug. 24, 2003 at 12:30 p.m. in the San Francisco War Memorial and Performing Arts Center’s Herbst Theater. The graduating students began their MBA studies in August, 2001, when the Wharton School opened its West Coast facility — Wharton West — in San Francisco. They commuted to the residential program from all over the country, bringing an average of 10 years experience in industries ranging from finance and manufacturing to telecommunications and entertainment
The graduation keynote speaker will be Jon M. Huntsman, founder and chairman of the Huntsman Corporation, which is a global leader in the chemical manufacturing industry. Huntsman, a 1959 graduate of Wharton’s undergraduate program, also is the chair of the School’s Board of Overseers and namesake of a new $139.9-million state-of-the-art facility on the School’s Philadelphia campus.
“This graduating class represents the fulfillment of an important outreach goal of the School to reach new student populations and bring the highest quality of management education to the West Coast,” stated Wharton Dean Patrick Harker. “I congratulate the students for completing a rigorous academic curriculum in an equally rigorous format.”
Wharton West Vice Dean Leonard Lodish added his congratulations, stating that he is “particularly gratified to see how these students already have added significant value to their sponsoring companies using new knowledge they have obtained at Wharton.”
Whether based in San Francisco or Wharton’s home campus in Philadelphia, the MBA for Executives Program offers qualified candidates the same program, faculty and degree as Wharton’s world-class MBA program. Wharton has been a leader in business education for 120 years and executive MBA programs for almost 30 years. The two-year program is designed for the working professional and provides the value of a full-time Wharton MBA education to experienced managers with high growth potential.
The MBA for Executives Program was one of the School’s first programs launched at Wharton West. A residential program, students attend classes on alternate weekends and during two week-long sessions in the summer. Students based in San Francisco have the option of spending a semester at Wharton’s Philadelphia campus. Likewise, Philadelphia-based students have the opportunity to study at Wharton West. Because Wharton students live and work together during focused on-site sessions, students have an opportunity to forge close connections with classmates as well as to foster teamwork skills. In addition, the integration of work and study provides a living laboratory for applying knowledge.
Wharton’s West Coast students contribute to the quality and depth of the MBA program with average GMAT scores matching those of full-time Wharton MBA students. Successive classes of students have come from California, the western U.S. and as far away as Asia. The incoming class size has grown to more than 80 students.
In addition to serving as the West Coast base for the School’s MBA for Executives program, Wharton West also offers non-degree executive education programs. It is located in the historic Folger Building at Howard and Spear Streets, near the San Francisco business and financial district.
The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania is recognized around the world for its academic strengths across every major discipline and at every level of business education. Founded in 1881 as the first collegiate business school in the nation, Wharton has approximately 4,600 undergraduate, MBA, and doctoral students, more than 8,000 participants in its executive education programs annually, and an alumni network of more than 75,000 worldwide.
For more information about research and events at Wharton, visit Knowledge@Wharton, the School’s biweekly online resource that captures knowledge generated at Wharton through such channels as research papers, conferences, books, and interviews with faculty on current business topics, and distributes that knowledge online to a global business audience. The site is free and more than 270,000 executives, government leaders, academics, and members of the media in 189 countries utilize Knowledge@Wharton as a valued resource.
703.242.5885September 22, 2003 at 12:36 am #25988wolverineParticipant
Interesrting. This is probably a good reminder to not overlook business schools since they have thrse different programs. (Dont discount Wharton for EMBA if want to be on west coast)
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